I’m beginning to think I should have shopped around some more for my latest Android smartphone. The LG G6 is a big impressive phone that currently sells for about the same as my Samsung Galaxy S7 with better features and doesn’t have the annoying beveled edge.
The LG G6 has a lot to talk about beyond the size (which is big). The camera features dual rear 13 megapixel cameras that provide a 125 degree wide-angle view. The 5.7 inch display has an 80% body to screen ratio and a 2880 x 1440 display. An IP68 waterproof rating means you can get it wet and not have to worry about a problem. While we’re not talking submarine type stuff, it’s among the best ratings for a smartphone.
Lets check the dimensions of the phone so we can get to the mount discussion. The LG G6 measures 5.86″ (H) x 2.83″ (W) x 0.31″ (D)with a weight of 5.74 ounces. These are the all important measurements to keep in mind for selecting a mount.
Fortunately the mount industry has migrated from custom cradles to expandable universal varieties. This means it’s possible your current mount may indeed fit the LG G6. Just be sure to add the size of a case to these stock measurements as you will possibly exceed three inches in width. Many universal cradles only open to 3 inches so be sure to get the right size.
We always suggest getting a well made case for expensive phones. Luckily, Otterbox has created a full line of cases for the LG G6. The Otterbox Defender for LG G6 is an excellent choice. We have always liked the Otterbox Defender series which we reviewed here. The Otterbox Defender is the top of the line case.
A well made case will pay for itself many times. A single drop on ceramic tile that results in a broken display can cost a few hundred dollars to fix. If you think insurance will cover you, think again. Insurance policies purchased from your carrier carry a deductible and for newer more expensive phones that can be $169 on up. So to add insult to injury, you will not only be paying a monthly insurance premium, but you then pay the deductible. You can read our article on phone insurance here.
Let’s move to the LG G6 mount discussion. The big screen makes for a great GPS for use with an app like Waze which is one of our favorites. We will recommend mounts with cradles that open wide enough to fit this phone with or without a case.
For the car, look around to see where a mount would fit best. There are lots of places to mount your LG G6 and it’s going to depend upon your particular car and preferences.
Let’s start with the air vent. This is a great location because it keeps it away from plain site and is near eye level view. The center vents are likely the best location. The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount is one that we have been recommending lately. That’s the mount that is in the photo that accompanies our article.
The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can be used to hold a LG G6 with or without a case or skin. It has a ball and socket so the cradle can swivel into portrait or landscape orientation. This mount will work on flat vent slats that are 3/8 to 1 inch deep. The included cradle opens to 3 5/8 inches which is plenty big enough for this phone.
While the windshield is a go-to place for many, some states don’t allow that location. A few of those states are discussed in this article.
If you’re good with the windshield, the Arkon Ultra Slim Grip Suction Mount is one of our favorite windshield suction cup mounts. This mount has an expandable cradle that expands to almost 7 inches when using the longest set of legs. That’s more than large enough for the LG G6. The phone will be held from the top and bottom. The mount comes with an adhesive dash plate so that you can attach to the mount to your dash as well as your windshield. The phone can rotate 360 degrees into portrait or landscape.
Using the same expandable cradle is the Arkon Ultra Slim Grip Cup Holder Mount. Use one of your half-dozen cup holder as a mount point. The cup holder base is expandable and will fit almost any vehicle’s cup holder. A flexible stem allows bending to the right angle for the driver or passenger. The phone can rotate 360 degrees into portrait or landscape and is easy to insert and remove. The expandable base fits most standard cup holders.
One important thing to mention. We are seeing a greater number of the top smartphone models move the fingerprint scanner to the rear of the phone. The camera and finger print scanner are located in the upper middle on the back of the phone. As a result, this provides a challenge on a motorcycle as we find a lot of motorcycle owners like to video their ride. You need a cradle that will not block the camera and / or press the power button. You need a cradle that is going to grip the LG G6 in the middle and below the camera.
The TechGripper Handlebar Mount Kit combines a mount with the holder which opens to 4 inches. The mount is metal and coated in black. It fits handlebar diameters from 7/8 to 1.25 inches and will fit the majority of motorcycle models that can accommodate a handlebar mount. The mount takes up .75 inches of handlebar real estate and the phone sits somewhat close to the handlebar. A small hex wrench is provided for installation. This is a nice feature that helps prevent theft of the mount since most thieves aren’t usually walking around with a set of hex wrenches. Installation is easy and can be done yourself. We always recommend tethering your device for added security.